Date set for Rothesay wind turbine hearing

A computer-generated image supplied by objector David Irving of what the proposed Auchintirrie wind turbines might look like when viewed from Ettrick Bay.
A computer-generated image supplied by objector David Irving of what the proposed Auchintirrie wind turbines might look like when viewed from Ettrick Bay.

The fate of Bute Community Power’s plans for two wind turbines at the island’s Auchintirrie farm will be decided at a meeting in Rothesay later this month.

Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) will hold a discretionary hearing to decide the application at Rothesay Pavilion on Tuesday, September 22 at 11am.

Supporters and opponents of the BCP application will be given a chance to state their cases to the committee before themselves being questioned ahead of a decision.

The meeting will be open to members of the public.

The company - set up in 2014 as a community benefit society or co-op - is seeking permission to erect two 250kw turbines, each of them 47 metres tall to the tip of their blades, on a hilltop site at Auchintirrie, in the centre of the island.

Council planning officials have already recommended that the PPSL refuse the application because of the “inappropriately adverse environmental consequences” - though members of the committee agreed last month to hold a hearing before reaching a decision, in view of the number of public comments made on the plans.

That number continues to increase: at the time of writing 292 comments had been made by members of the public, 195 of them against and 96 in support.